Nelson was born in 1962, in the Buena Vista neighbourhood, Havana city, Cuba. Cuban music was a part of Nelson’s childhood, and through his life in Cuba, Latin dance became a family tradition, passed from father to son.
He trained in dance alongside his regular studies at specialised dance courses in the Casa de Cultura community centre, and did a lot of social dancing throughout the years.
He also studied economics, and studied languages to a high level. After moving to England in the Mid-eighties, he did some work for Dunn & Co., before taking up a serious career in Salsa dance.